First Circuit Confirms Fuste’s Exit Amid Allegations
SAN JUAN – Jeffrey Howard, the chief judge of the U.S. Courts for the First Circuit, confirmed Thursday that District Court Judge José A. Fusté is officially retiring June 1 amid “allegations” made against him that were not revealed.
Fusté reportedly is leaving the bench amid allegations that he had engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment against female coworkers. Only after one female worker declined to drop her complaint did the First Circuit intervene. Howard, nonetheless, did not reveal the nature of the allegations against Fusté.
In a statement, Howard said the District of Puerto Rico Employment Dispute Resolution Plan requires that upon learning of any allegations covered by the plan, the chief district judge is required to refer the matter to the chief judge of the circuit.
“Upon learning of the allegations mentioning District Judge Jose A. Fusté, Chief Judge Delgado Colón immediately contacted me as required, and I addressed the allegations. Judge Fusté will officially retire June 1, 2016. He has concluded his judicial duties,” the statement reads.
The reports contend that the judges in the First Circuit voted to expel him and, as a result, he will not be able to practice as a senior judge after he retires.